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Dan Peek, Co-Founding Member Of America, Dies at Age 60

Co-founder and lead guitarist of the group [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]America[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Dan Peek[/lastfm],  has died at the age of 60.  He was found in bed Sunday dead by his wife in their Missouri home, located 60 miles from St. Louis.

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Peek, along with fellow band mates formed the group America in the late 60s with close friends Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell while still teenagers.  The group known for their harmonies released their first album in 1971.  They went on to have eight top 40 hits between 1971-1975.

In 1977, after being a Born-Again Christian, Peek left the group due to his dislike of all the travel and recreational drug use going on around him.  In 1979 he launched his solo career in Contemporary Christian music and had his first solo album “All Things Are Possible” reach number one on the Christian Contemporary Music chart and was also nominated for a GRAMMY Award.

There has been no cause yet of Peek’s death.  An autopsy to discover the cause of death has been scheduled.

Check out the videos from some of American’s biggest hits on the next page.

  • RainbowRay

    Sorry to here about Dan Peek’s dath; I’ve loved the grup “Smerican” for many years and always considered their music to be very special and great “travelling music” (also very hopeful music in some ways). “Lonely People” would suffice how I;m feeling these days, but hanging int here, never giving up on my dreams, no sir!

    Miss you to bits Fiona honey (as always). I look forward to us being together soon (as always) when we can be miserable together; that’ll cheer us both up.


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